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Last week we looked at some impressive team statistics from the Warriors’ 2012-13 season, as well as began our breakdown of the top individual performances of the campaign with Stephen Curry’s Year in Review. We’ll continue that breakdown now, this time taking a look at two veterans whose leadership and production the Warriors could not do without.

Now up: David Lee and Jarrett Jack

DOMINANT D-LEE

Curry wasn’t the only Warrior to put up big numbers in 2012-13. The only player in the NBA to average at least 18 points and 11 rebounds (min. 20 games) over the course of the season, David Lee became the first Warriors representative on the All-Star team since Latrell Sprewell in 1997 and the first to be named to the All-NBA team (Third Team) since Sprewell in 1993-94. Throw in Lee’s three assists per game, and he’s the first Warrior to average 18 points/11 rebounds/three assists since Nate Thurmond and Jerry Lucas both did so in 1970-71.

David Lee's prolific frontcourt numbers brought an end to the Warriors' 17-year drought without an All-Star. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)

Lee led the league with 56 double-doubles, the first Warrior to lead the NBA in the category since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963-64, and his league-leading 31 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds were the most such games by a Warrior since Thurmond had 41 in 1971-72. Golden State went 25-6 in Lee’s 20/10 games.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
# Player DBL-DBLs
1. David Lee 56
2. Dwight Howard 48
3. Nikola Vucevic 46
4. Zach Randolph 45
5. Al Horford 44

But why settle for double-doubles when there are triple-doubles to be had? Lee recorded his third career trip-dub (second with the Warriors) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 assists in just 34 minutes on December 21 vs. Charlotte, becoming the 10th player in team history to record multiple triple-doubles as a Warrior (his first as a Warrior came on Feb. 7, 2012 vs. Oklahoma City).

Most importantly for Lee, the Warriors earned a spot in the postseason, giving Lee his first career playoff berth after playing in 577 regular season contests, which was the fifth most games played without a playoff berth in NBA history. Unfortunately, Lee tore his right hip flexor in his first career playoff game—after recording a double-double, of course—and was hobbled for the duration of the run.

JACK OF ALL TRADES

Jarrett Jack did a little bit of everything for the Warriors, finishing third in the voting for the Sixth Man of the Year. Jack ranked second among reserves with 5.4 assists and third in combined points, assists and rebounds with 21.1 per game. Most impressively, Jack became the first player in NBA history to tally three games of at least 25 points and 10 assists off the bench in a single season (since starters were first noted in box scores in 1970-71).

Acquired in a three-team trade during the offseason, Jarrett Jack's superb performance off the bench was crucial to the Warriors' success all season long. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty)

One weekend in particular highlighted Jack’s unique skill set. First, on February 22 vs. San Antonio, the reserve guard became the first player to tally 30 points and 10 assists off the bench since Magic Johnson did so in 1996. Then, two days later on Feb. 24 at Minnesota, Jack posted 23 points and eight assists, becoming the first player since Clyde Drexler in 1985-86 to reach those figures in consecutive games.

It was more of the same from Jack in the postseason. The point guard joined LeBron James as the only players over the last five years to average at least 17 points, four rebounds and four assists in the postseason while shooting 50 percent or better from the field, becoming one of five Warriors ever to do so (Baron Davis, Sleepy Floyd, Phil Smith and Jeff Mullins are the others). In his Warriors playoff debut, Jack tallied 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, becoming the first Warriors reserve ever to tally a point/assist double-double off the bench in the playoffs, something only Jose Calderon, Manu Ginobili and Derek Fisher have done since the turn of the century.


As always, be sure to check out @gswstats for more odds and ends throughout the offseason. We’ll finish up our breakdown of the top individual performances of the 2012-13 season in the coming days. Next up: Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.

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